keldar keldar - 1 year ago 234
TypeScript Question

Ionic 2 - global NavBar for the app

In Ionic 1, we have the ability to define an

above an
, which serves as a generic nav bar for the entire app and we could turn it off on a per-view basis (using

It appears in Ionic 2 we have to insert an
per page - and cannot have a global nav bar for the entire app. Is that correct, or am I missing a trick?

If so - it seems like a lot of duplicated code?

Also, it appears you do not have the ability for the NavBar to build its own back button, and you have to write the own mark-up for the back button yourself (per page) which, again, seems like a lot of code duplicate.

Answer Source


Just like @mhartington says:

There is no way to create a global ion-navbar, as this is done on purpose. The point of having a navbar defined for each component is so that we can properly animate the titles, navbar background color (if you change them) and animate other properties needed.

And about creating a custom directive to avoid duplicating ion-navbar html code:

That will still creat errors with how angular2 content projection works. We have several issues that have been open when people try this and the best answer is to not do it.

In order to avoid duplicating so much code, you can create your own custom component for the navbar.

Create a navbar.html with this code:

<ion-navbar *navbar>
  <button  menuToggle="right" end>
    <ion-icon name="menu"></ion-icon>

  <ion-buttons *ngIf="!hideCreateButton" end>
    <button (click)="createNew()"><ion-icon name="add"></ion-icon></button>

And then in the navbar.ts:

import {Component, Input} from '@angular/core';
import {NavController} from 'ionic-angular';
import {CreateNewPage} from '../../pages/create-new/create-new';

    selector: 'navbar',
    templateUrl: 'build/components/navbar/navbar.html',
    inputs: ['hideCreateButton']
export class CustomNavbar {

    public hideCreateButton: string;

    constructor(private nav: NavController) {

    createNew(): void {
        this.nav.setRoot(CreateNewPage, {}, { animate: true, direction: 'forward' });

By declaring the hideCreateButton as an input of the Component, you can decide in which pages show that button and in which ones should not be visible. So in this way, you can send information to tell the component how it should be, and customize it for each page.

So if you want to add the navbar in a page (without modifying the default template, so showing the create button) you just have to add the navbar element (binded to our custom component by us in the selector property):



And if you want to hide the create button (or modify you navbar like you want to) your page will look like this one:

<navbar [hideCreateButton]="hidebutton()"></navbar>


And remember that the hideButton() should be defined in your customPage.ts like this:

import {Component} from '@angular/core';
import {NavController} from 'ionic-angular';
import {FORM_DIRECTIVES, FormBuilder, ControlGroup, Validators, AbstractControl } from '@angular/common';

  templateUrl: 'build/pages/create-new/create-new.html',
  directives: [FORM_DIRECTIVES]
export class CreateNewPage{

    private hideCreateButton: boolean = true;

    public hidebutton(): boolean {
        return this.hideCreateButton;
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